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Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1973-07-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1973-07-31

Topics Live concert

Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Don't Ease Me In, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Loser, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Black Peter, Big River, Loose Lucy, Me And Bobby McGee, Truckin'-> The Other One-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Roosevelt Stadium
Location Jersey City, NJ

Source Audience Recording
Lineage AudMC(AKG 1000 mic > Sony 110 deck, TDK C-120SD master cassettes) > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by Jerry Moore
Transferred by Noah Weiner


AudMC > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Recorded by Jerry Moore with AKG 1000 mic > Sony 110 deck. TDK C-120SD master cassettes
EAC & SHN transfer by Noah Weiner


Reviewer: travis1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2014
Subject: @Monte
Hey man - I was there too, and the next night as well, BUT 7/31 was THE night. Nice review; too bad you lost your tape b/c in some ways it sounds better but lucky to have Jerry (Moore's) as well b/c Dick L. himself told me the SB for this night didn't survive in the vault before he upgraded the storage conditions.
What's interesting is, as you say, it was one of the most energetic auds I've ever been a part of - but not just noisy - EVERYONE was LIT! the PERFECT group hand clapping is an instrument on this recording and although loud, its totally in the groove (like the aud tape for 9/7/73 which contains the greatest Eyes ever IMHO, but you probably already know that). The best thing is that for the 30 min, incredible Playin', everyone chilled for the Bitches Brew-esque jam and you can hear all the subtlties no problem. To me, every single tune is a gem performance with many best evers. We knew right away from the rare and explosive R.O.R opener this was a big night, and we immediately made our way from the center field seats right up to about 15 yds from the stage. Do you remember what Garcia looked like when he busted loose for the Truckin' climax? This was the best show ever for me; I saw lots of 'em starting in '69 til the end ('73 was the best year though, duh!). I've never come down from 7/31/73 and thank god...
Reviewer: Vavianjguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2013
Subject: Good Memory
Forty year ago this month my older brother Donald took his 14 year old brother and 17 year old sister to our first Grateful Dead concert. He had a Mercedes Benz then too. But it was the kind that when I accidently locked the keys in it, I could crawl through a hole in the floor board to get in and unlock the car. It was an eye opening day, I drank beer and smoked little funny cigarettes that were passed to me.

Today I emailed Donald the audio link to that concert. This is what he had to say:
Joanie and Kenny:

Yes Joanie and Kenny, we were there. I can remember it like it was yesterday - the great Roosevelt Stadium in our beloved Jersey City! Can't believe it was actually 40 years ago this week.

There are not enough superlatives to describe how great this concert sounded and made me feel today. I put the discovery of this internet site right up there with Man's discovery of the Rosetta Stone. Maybe it's time for me to enter the digital world. Love Donald

I guess he liked it! Maybe I can get him on Facebook next.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2013
Subject: -
Utterly fantastic first set, not at all hard to listen to. Second set's good too.
Reviewer: ThreeFingerStyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2013
Subject: swirling
Wow THANK YOU GD Archivists!! This Bertha brought tears to my eyes. You can see/hear the music rippling across the audience, various individuals screaming as they get seared. While I could only echo previous posts re: musical caliber of this Big Bouncing show, I will say that I've never heard another recording that so completely captures the mutual swelling of audience and band, Blazing Together. Precious Sound. Thanks to Mr Monte for his heartfelt review(see below).
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2011
Subject: Crowd is loud
but well-behaved- they only scream between songs. It's listenable.
Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2009
Subject: Joisy City Magic
A short drive from my parents house in Queens to Roosevelt Stadium. Saw the boys every time they played there. This show and the next night were two of the best shows I have had the pleasure of going too. As Deadhead Monte pointed out-Wonderfully strange things going on up front. I have had 8/1/73 for some time now and I think I may have a SB of this show-will have to check. No matter this AUD is fuckin' beautiful. Lets not forget The Band who opened both shows. Would love to hear that tape. Living in NYC in the early 70s was pur bliss for any Dead Head. Ahh to be 20 again. Thanks archive, Thanks Jerry M. Your passion and talent remains
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live In Concert" July 31, 1973, at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

~This Day In GRATEFUL DEAD History~

Thirty six years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were playin' Roosevelt Stadium. I was at this show, and I went to the next nights show for Jerry's Birthday. That was memorable...we all said Happy Birthday Jerry! The next night is my was one big Birthday Party!

I remember when Phil would strum his bass chords on stage, the ground we were standing on out in center field would was wild!

One big party of hippies, freaks, DEAD Heads, bikers, and a few AWOL military guys...

Outstanding quality for an audience recording from back in the stone age of recording 5 stars...who are these guys?

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2009
Subject: Jersey Gem
This is an excellent show from a great year in the band's history. The energy from the sick Playin' closer in the first set carries over and builds through the second with one great tune after another.

Also sad to hear about Jerry Moore, but this show and his other great recordings are part of his legacy and will be enjoyed by countless others in the years to come. Fare thee well Jerry!
Reviewer: podsix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2009
Subject: Cowboy Songs
Great Recording. I love cowboy songs! Sorry to here of Jerry Moore's passing. Thank you Jerry. RIP.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2009
Subject: great show
dave mason wrote and sings "shouldnt have took more than you gave" not steve winwood but this is a sick show too
Reviewer: jmm2112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2008
Subject: Traffic??
Man, that sounds like Steve Winwood ("Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave") in the middle of the Greatest Story solo? Do you hear it?

All and all, an excellent show. 10-star Playin' (if you like 'em jazzy). One of those audiences where by the end of the show, you feel like you know the people who were standing nearby.

James (Ala.)
Reviewer: jglynn1.2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2008
Subject: Thanks Jerry M & Jerry G
Thanks Jerry M for the FINE AUD & Thanks Jerry G for the kick-a$$ show. This is an outstanding AUD recording of an outstanding show. Lots of good tunes played really well. It is hard to believe this AUD is from '73 (35 years old today!!). Well Happy Birthday.
Reviewer: dead-head_Monte - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2007
Subject: Birthday boys were blazing hot this night
I was there that night. My b'day was the 31st. Jerry's was at midnight. The band took a break after Playing in the Band. The crowd up front passed a birthday cake up on-stage. You can hear the crowd sing happy birthday. The energy was building. Roosevelt Stadium was buzzing. There was definitely something going "on," with all of us, including the band. No doubt about it.

It was incredibly electric when they came back out to play. We were all charged up and ready for the 2nd set. The Dead began with the hottest China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider that I've ever heard. A few moments later, they exploded into an electric medley of Promised Land > Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told. Bertha and Greatest Story melted the house down. They were so hot. Never mind if you hear any "wailin'." We love them dearly, and cherish the precious moments like these. This is timeless music for us thrill-seekers. Black Peter is powerfully soulful. Big River cooks. Loose Lucy rocks and sizzles. Bobby McGee is beautiful. Truckin' is critically insane and amazing. Never mind somebody blows the lyrics in it. Check out Phil about 9:00 into it. He does a really cool solo for us. It was an amazing night. Great show right to the finish. Excellent '73 sound. The most exciting show out of the 25 I saw this year. It smoked! Wow! Get the downloads. Cherry pick the 2nd set, at least.

Fall '72 and all of '73 was a rebound time for the band. It was also very climactic for the Dead and their audiences with the sound system. The Dead had their pure sounding "wall of sound" perfected by now. This audience recording sounds great. The sound system was just a bit tinny that night, but good quality anyway. I taped this show that night on my Nakamichi 550. I was able to grab up a 10-foot pole from some scaffolding rubble outside the front gate of the stadium. Amazingly, I walked right in with it. I setup in the center fairly close to the stage, with my mic on top of the pole. Near the end of the last tune, a huge Hell's Angel security dude came up to me and asked me for my tape. He was 3 times my size. I gave it up, and almost cried. My friend, Jimmy Watson was there. He followed that security dude backstage. 5 or 10 minutes later, Jimmy was back with my tape. It was all grins, ear-to-ear. I've listened to this show for years, always hearing Johnny B Goode cutting off abruptly. Thanks to Jerry Moore's great taping, 34 years later I'm able to hear Bobby say goodnight, at the very end. The mp3s are great. I truly love the music, and what the Dead represented. Thanks everyone.

This show is way, way under the radar folks! I wanted to give you Dead-heads a heads-up. This is 5-star material all the way. Good xfer, Noah.
Reviewer: SaintStevo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2006
Subject: Happy Birthday Jerry!
The most smokin' Loose Lucy I've heard. And China-Rider is mindblowing also. Jerry was partying hard on his Bday.
Reviewer: Peacefrogboston - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2006
Subject: What a great set on the Day I was Born
This is the day I was born and in the Beginning the whole crowd is singing Happy Birthday now that pretty cool for a Deadhead
Reviewer: wifter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2006
Subject: Great Crowd!!!
Thanks for posting this. I love hearing the crowd and the overall sound is good. It's a very LIVE performance.
Reviewer: psymon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2005
Subject: One of the best 1973 PITB's
They take the PITB to unusual places for 1973, including a righteous "tiger" peak. While the recording contains crowd noise, there's a presence and immediacy that's missing from a lot of the boards from this year.
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2005
Subject: Hot Keys!!
Not bad sound quality, this show is worth checkin out if only for the Black Peter.
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